McAllister Minutes

Week of: February 4 - February 8

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McAllister Elementary School


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Dedicated to rigorous educational tasks that challenge and motivate students while always being focused on continuous improvement.

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It is hard to believe that we are over a month into the second half of the school year! The first 4 weeks went off without a hitch and our students are continuing to grow each and every day. The next mindset focus for our Wildcats through 7 Mindsets is "Live to Give." Live to Give mindset teaches that abundance in one's life is a cycle. To receive love, respect, and financial security, one must first learn to give those things.

This month in particular, we will take a closer look at many of the famous African Americans that helped to further shape this great country in which we live. Our Wonderful Media Specialist has planned and organized a myriad of events to allow us a deeper dive into the lives of many African Americans as we celebrate Black History Month at McAllister ES. One of the highlights is a living history walk that links students/staff/community members to these famous people through QR links which provide in depth information. The resources linked are some of the very information shared at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

As a reminder, every Monday is a "Mindset Monday"! Pair your mindset shirts with denim to kick the week off in style while focusing on our 7 Mindsets!

With an intentional focus of consistency on being curious & crazy for kids you will ALWAYS find a culture that is student focused!

Have a WONDERful Week!

Upcoming Events:

  • Book Swap - Monday, February 4 - Friday, February 15 - McAllister ES
  • Spring Pictures - Thursday, February 7 - McAllister ES
  • Father/Daughter Dance - Friday, February 8 - McAllister ES
  • Professional Learning - Tuesday, February 12 @ 3PM - McAllister ES
  • No School - President's Day & Faculty PL - Monday, February 18 - Tuesday, February 19
  • Family Fitness Night/PTSO Meeting - Thursday, February 21 - 6PM - McAllister ES
  • Read-A-Thon - Monday, February 25 - Friday, March 8 - McAllister ES
  • Fine Arts Night/PTSO Meeting - Thursday, April 4 - 6PM - McAllister ES
  • Mother/Son Baseball Game - Friday, April 12 - Richmond Hill HS

2nd Annual EdCamp Bryan

Professional Learning. Your Style.
Twitter: ​@EdCampBryan | Facebook: #EdCampBryan2019

EdCamp Bryan is an awesome way for teachers to connect & share innovative & inspiring best practices with one another! We hope to have all schools represented in Bryan County and also teachers from other counties. At EdCamp, you will learn from talented & engaging educators! We are also grateful to our community sponsors who are ensuring that teachers leave EdCamp not only with amazing ideas and instruction, but also resources, prizes, & professional learning literature! ​​

Saturday, March 23, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

East Campus Cafeteria
Richmond Hill High School
1 Wildcat Drive
Richmond Hill, GA 31324

The registration link will go live on February 14, 2019! Stay tuned!

Happy Birthday To You!

2/1 - Taylor Bocook

2/1 - Sonal Reed

2/2 - Teresa Houghton

2/7 - Lori Roberts

2/9 - Rebecca Reynolds

2/10 - Karen Petrino

2/13 - Alexys Sykes

2/14 - Jennifer Loncon

2/16 - Brittany Rozier

2/19 - Sarah Taylor

Making Moves at McAllister

Use this form to acknowledge the good hard work your peers around you are doing - these will be posted weekly as a form of encouragement/acknowledgement. Because after all - You ALL deserve it!

  • From Ms. Habecker to Ms. West: Ms. West you are AMAZING! Thank you for always bringing a bright smile and positive attitude each and every day! Your enthusiasm does not go unnoticed!
  • From Ms. Coffman to Ms. Cowart: I am so grateful to work on the kindergarten team with Katie Cowart! She goes above and beyond for all of us and is always willing to share her phenomenal ideas! She is a great friend and an incredible teacher! She deserves a shout out for all the wonderful things she does!
  • From Ms. Finnegan to 4th Grade Monitors: 4th grade has done an amazing job going to their classrooms in the morning from the Gym. They are enforcing PBIS standards and the behavior is impressive. Nice work!
  • From Ms. Finnegan to Ms. Janousek and Ms. Rowland: These two are a mentor/mentee dream team. Fantastic job to Ms. Rowland as she takes on teaching and being familiar with at least 4 sets of grade level standards, and a huge thanks to her Mentor Mrs. Janousek for coaching her through it all! Awesome job.
  • From Ms. Finnegan to Mrs. Pickett and her 1st grade Data Team: Fantastic job organizing and encouraging growth in your Data Team. Your team has tried hard to work through a purposeful set of data, and continues to grow as a team.
  • From Ms. Fincher to Ms. Carazo: Mrs. Carazo, You Rock! Your gifts are made evident in how much students love to be around you. Thank you for always being so positive and encouraging!
  • From Ms. Fincher to Ms. Klinger: Mrs. Klinger- Your drive, organization, and knowledge for helping struggling readers is inspiring. Thank you for always going the extra mile in supporting and progressing our ESS Rockstars!
  • From HR Dept. @ Edelman to S. Taylor: We see you S Taylor, and we are impressed by your Graphic Designs and Marketing Skills...YOU DO GREAT WORK, call us!!!
  • From the Lost and Found Hanging Rack to Ms. Little: Dearest Mrs. Little, we have never looked better THANKS TO YOU! We used to be such a hot mess, but now we are "hanging" with the best of them thanks to your daily attention...All Our Love and Devotion, The Insurmountable Unwanted Coats and Jackets of MES
  • From MES Teachers to Ms. McNeely: The votes are in and its unanimous...Mrs. McNealy is the winner of our first ever Miss Congeniality Award at MES! Thanks for being so DARLING, and preparing the most engaging lessons for our McAllister Wildcats. Your smile and perpetual positivity are contagious, and WE LOVE YOU...don't stop being so WONDERful!
  • From the 100 Hall Team to Ms. Bocook: So SUPER PROUD of our hall-mate Taylor Bocook for winning The Best Teacher in Bryan County...WOOT WOOT! We all know what a ROCKSTAR she is, and apparently our community does too...way to go Taylor!!!

Click here to Make it Known

Book Swap

Hi All,

MES is going to have a school wide Book SWAP!!! I know, I know, more stuff, but this is going

to be easy, fun, and support Read-A-Thon.

Beginning Monday, February 4– Friday, February 15, students may bring “gently used” books to swap. All we ask is that you have a box, or special place in your room where the books can be deposited. Classroom teachers will give students a swap ticket for each book donated. The maximum number of books a child can swap is three! Additional books may be donated, but

students may only receive 3 tickets. Teachers please hold the tickets until the day of the Swap.

We will send out a schedule for your students to attend, this will take place Wednesday,

February 20 – Friday, February 22 in the PL Room. Students from BETA Club will collect the

donated books on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Please peek at the books donated to ensure they meet “gently used” book criteria:

  • Books must be appropriate for grades PreK-5
  • Books must be in gently used condition: cover on, no rips, tears
  • Books with coloring or writing in them will not be accepted
  • Coloring books, activity books, and sticker books will not be accepted
  • Books from kids’ meals will not be accepted (Chick-fil-a, McDonalds, etc.)

There will also be a “Staff Swap” available for those staff members who wish to share and find a new good read. A box will be placed in the mail room for donations and displayed during the Swap. Staff swap is on the honor system, no tickets necessary.

Thank you for helping to make this another great event at MES!

If you have any questions, feel free to email me.

Christina Howley

PK Teacher

McAllister Elementary School

Bryan County News - Bryan's Favorites 2019

Just recently, McAllister ES was recognized as Bryan County's Favorite Public School with Bryan County's Favorite Educator, Ms. Taylor Bocook. While this recognition makes us smile, we know that this could not be done without our staff, students, parents, and community stakeholders that pour time and energy into McAllister ES to make it the very best!
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Living History Walk - Black History Month 2019

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Spring Pictures - Thursday, February 7th

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Candygrams to Support LLS (2/4-2/13)

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Family Fitness Night - 2/21

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Year Book Sales - McAllister Elementary School

Yearbooks are on sale now. Buy them online ($35 until 2/22)
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Save them All - We need your pop tabs!

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7 Mindsets

Weekly updates will be posted in this section. I look forward to the impact that 7 mindsets is going to have on our school community! If you are ever planning to be out on a Mindset Monday or just need a hand in delivering a lesson - the administrators and counselors are more than happy to help. Use this link to find the lessons click here.

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McAllister Staff Guide

In a school of over 135 it can be hard to know everyone's name...Have you had a chance to look at the staff directory where pictures of our staff members can be located?

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